Michael G. Considine is a Partner in the Litigation group and co-head of the Government Enforcement and Internal Investigations practice. Mr. Considine represents corporations and individuals in complex federal and state criminal investigations, prosecutions, and regulatory probes, and in civil matters related to such inquiries. His representation of corporate clients has involved numerous sensitive engagements in a wide range of matters.
Mr. Considine has counseled clients during the execution of federal search warrants and their aftermath, overseen and conducted internal investigations for corporations, represented clients throughout criminal investigations and proceedings, and negotiated favorable resolutions on behalf of numerous clients. These matters have involved allegations of wrongdoing in varied arenas, including financial services, antitrust, healthcare, the FCPA, defense contracting, environmental, securities, tax and banking. Among the more significant corporate matters, he has represented the following:
• A foreign manufacturing company investigated for alleged antitrust violations; a separate foreign company investigated for alleged SEC violations
• A U.S. company responding to FCPA allegations
• A defense contractor investigated by the DOJ for fraudulent billing practices
• A financial institution in an SEC probe relating to reserve issues
• An international bank in responding to a DOJ insider trading investigation
• A Fortune 100 pharmaceutical company investigated for healthcare fraud violations
• A data acquisition corporation charged with pension fund fraud by the DOJ
• A medical school investigated for fraudulent billing practices by a U.S. Attorney's Office
• A regional utility company charged with violating the Clean Water Act
In addition, during the Enron probe, the DOJ selected Mr. Considine to be a federal monitor of an international bank for a three-year period. In this capacity, he monitored the implementation of agreements reached among the bank, the DOJ, and other domestic and foreign government regulatory entities. In 2010, he also worked on a federal monitorship of a healthcare entity.
Mr. Considine has also handled the defense of senior executives, corporate officers, and others in various investigations and lawsuits, including the following:
• The general counsel of an international food conglomerate in a joint SEC/DOJ investigation
• Investment bankers in an insider trading prosecution
• The president of an international apparel company in an SEC investigation in Chicago
• The president of a paper company; vice president of an international vitamin producer; executives of an airline; and executives of an LCD and autoparts manufacturer in separate criminal investigations conducted by the DOJ Antitrust Division
• The president of a bank charged with embezzling funds in the District of Connecticut
• The president of a labor union charged with racketeering in the Eastern District of New York
• Employees of a NYC-based financial services company in an obstruction of justice inquiry conducted by DOJ
• A sales representative of a pharmaceutical company investigated in an anti-kickback investigation conducted by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Boston
• A regional vice president of a water treatment company investigated during a political corruption prosecution conducted by the FBI and DOJ
• An FBI agent in a Bivens action
In July 2008, Mr. Considine was nominated by President George W. Bush to be the United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut. He has also served as an adjunct professor of law and co-taught a course titled: "Criminal Prosecution Affecting Financial Firms - A Defense Perspective" for New York Law School’s LLM Program in Financial Services Law.
Prior to joining private practice, Mr. Considine had been a supervisory federal prosecutor, serving as the Deputy Chief of the Long Island offices of the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York. As a prosecutor, Mr. Considine handled numerous trials and appeals in cases involving bank fraud, tax fraud, racketeering, and other offenses.
Mr. Considine served as a law clerk to the Honorable Shirley W. Kram in the S.D.N.Y in 1985-86.
Mr. Considine was nominated by his peers for inclusion as one of the world’s leading Business Crime Defense Lawyers for 2013 in Who’s Who Legal. Mr. Considine was also chosen for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, White Collar Criminal Defense, 2010-2013, and has been recognized as a Connecticut Super Lawyer, 2006-2012.